Practice quiz for Evaluating
Can you trust the Internet? There's a lot of
unreliable information on the Internet. There's also a lot of
really solid, accurate information too.
How can you tell the difference? Caveat lector:
Let the reader beware. To publish a factual book an author is often
required by the publisher to be considered an "expert" in their
field. The author will often request the help of other individuals
who give feedback on his or her work. This includes other experts
in the field as well as the editors from the publishing
On the internet, there is no such filter to guarantee that what
is published is reliable, accurate or current.
It's your responsibility. Your reputation as a
student or professional can be at stake. If your doctor told you
that he or she is prescribing a drug based on advice by an
unlicensed pharmacist who was self-taught, would you have that
Make sure your source deserves your trust. Always have a backup.
Double-check every fact with a second source. If your source
doesn't feel reliable, don't use that source.
How can you decide? There are 4 general
questions you should ask about any web site: